Update – 3:07: CBS Sports reports that the Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with Prince Fielder on a nine-year deal worth $214 million. The deal is pending a physical.
Original – 2:58: Free-agent Prince Fielder is reportedly nearing a nine-year-deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a tweet from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
Source: Prince is very close to a nine-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to sources.—
Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 24, 2012
Until now the Tigers had not been considered a candidate in the Fielder sweepstakes. It was previously believed that the top remaining teams in the race for the All-Star first baseman’s services were the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners.
The Tigers currently boast one of the best hitting first baseman in baseball, Miguel Cabrera, but have a vacancy at designated hitter after an ACL injury has forced Victor Martinez out for the entirety of 2011.
Fielder, the game’s top remaining free-agent, hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games last year for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 27-year-old has been one of the more consistent players in the majors over the past several seasons. In 998 career games, he has amassed a .282 career batting average, 230 home runs and 656 RBIs.